Tucson Citizen 12.26.11 – Story collecting at the BEYOND Festival

Story collecting at the BEYOND Festival

by on Dec. 26, 2011, under Arts, community, Health

BEYOND, the inaugural event of the Tucson Trails Tribute Fund, has a tag line stating “commemorate – celebrate – commit.” BEYOND is a very ambitious one-day “community-wide event to commemorate the anniversary of January 8th, celebrate the spirit of togetherness we felt in the days and months afterward, and re-commit ourselves to working together to build a stronger community every day.”


Beginning with a health and wellness fair at Tucson Medical Center  on Saturday, January 7 at 7:15 a.m. and continuing throughout the day at various locations around town, you will have scores of events to chose from until the closing ceremony at Kino Stadium. The stadium opens at 4:00 pm. and will feature music, choirs, speakers, and special LED candles to “honor and commemorate the sharing of community and our loss.”

The emphasis is on health, fitness, family and community on this day. Events include hikes and strolls at the Davidson Canyon Gabe Zimmerman Memorial Trailhead, Sabino Canyon, and Colossal Cave; a silent guided yoga practice hosted by the girl Scouts, a 5-mile social run and much more.

The Odyssey Storytelling Story Cart will be on hand at the BEYOND Festival Main Event at Reid Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. collecting stories about memories from the day of the January 8th shooting and our process of healing and moving on as a community.

Activities and educational opportunities at Reid Park include the Outdoor Experience Activity Course, classes in Zumba & Tai-Chi, and Pima County’s Bicycle Obstacle Course. Ben’s Bells, Beads of Courage, the Story Cart from Odyssey Storytelling and  Stories that Soar will be there along with the Tucson High Jovert Steal Drum Band. There’s an impressive list of community partners, way too many to mention here.

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